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MCDAO accepting applications for Citizen Prosecutor Academy

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Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has announced that his office is now accepting applications for the 2018 Citizen Prosecutor Academy. This will be the fourth class of the citizen’s academy and will provide a behind the scenes look at what goes on in your District Attorney’s Office. This 12-week course will start on August 6, 2018, and conclude with a graduation ceremony for participants on October 29, 2018.

The District Attorney’s Office is at the forefront of protecting the community and holding criminals accountable. During this course, participants will hear from prosecutors and investigators on a variety of topics, including murder investigations, human trafficking, Grand Jury, internet crimes against children, and the anatomy of a criminal jury trial. The tentative course schedule is as follows:

Week 1: August 6 Academy Overview & Welcoming Remarks
Week 2: August 13 The Criminal Justice Process
Week 3: August 20 Anatomy of a Jury Trial
Week 4: August 27

September 3

Crimes Against Children

Labor Day Holiday – No Class

Week 5: September 10 Family Violence
Week 6: September 17 Vehicular Crimes / No Refusal Program
Week 7: September 24 White Collar/ Asset Forfeiture
Week 8: October 1 Major Offenders/ Drugs / Diversion Programs
Week 9: October 8 Public Integrity/ Officer Involved Shootings
Week 10: October 15

Week 11: October 22

Week 12: October 29

Child Exploitation / Human Trafficking

Child Exploitation / Internet Crimes Against Children

Law Enforcement Q&A/ Graduation Ceremony



Brett Ligon, District Attorney, shared,“I am really excited to kick off our 4th annual Academy so that more citizens of Montgomery County can get a closer look at what we are doing each day to keep our County safe. This program continues to be a fun and educational experience for anyone who is looking to learn more about how a district attorney’s office fits in the criminal justice process. We are continuously growing and have the best DA’s Office in the State; I can’t wait for this new class to see why.”

Those wishing to apply should visit and click on ‘Citizen Prosecutor Academy Applications.Applications will be accepted for this class until July 6, 2018. All applicants must be 18 years of age to apply and will undergo a criminal background check. For more information, those interested can send an email to


Source: J. Tyler Dunman, Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office